NEWS: Monday January 3, 2011

Jan 3rd @ 7:15 am in News by Scott Staley

Grant money sought for round-about. A Telluride intersection has landed one of the top spots on CDOT’s priority list for safety improvements and agreed to put a stop-light there. However, local authorities agreed for multiple reasons, they’d prefer a roundabout at Society Turn. The three-way intersection is located 3 miles west of Telluride and is the confluence of traffic from Telluride, Mountain Village, and Down Valley. The Daily Planet writes that last week the town of Telluride finalized a grant application in hopes to secure $575,000. That on top of the already generated $425,000 would fund roundabout construction in 2012.
Source: Daily Planet (Posted 6:50a)

100 years old! New Year’s Eve marked the beginning of a centennial celebration at the Colorado National Monument. Located in Mesa County, the land was officially declared a monument in 1911.  Talks are underway regarding turning the monument into a national park which in turn would bring in thousands of more visitors a year. A long list of events are planned at the monument for the year. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/colm/index.htm.
(Posted 6:51a)

Lost dog. A Montrose family is looking for their lost Rottweiler mix dog named Che. The friendly dog weights about 65lbs and took off from Katie and Ryan Bond’s home on Stratford Dr. New Years Eve. If you have seen Che, contact Katie and Ryan at 330-340-0166.
(Posted 6:52a)

Rep.-elect Coram takes leadership role on congressional redistricting. House Speaker-designee Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, announced last week that he will be appointing Rep.-elect Don Coram, R-Montrose, to serve on a special committee tasked with overseeing the congressional redistricting process during the 2011 Legislative Session.

“Don is quickly becoming well known at the Capitol for his ability to work together within the Republican caucus and across the aisle with our Democrat colleagues,” McNulty said. “That ability, coupled with his knowledge of rural Colorado, will make him an excellent fit for the work of this committee.”

The bipartisan committee, composed of 10 members, will meet regularly throughout the 2011 legislative session to evaluate proposed maps, solicit public feedback, and make recommendations to the General Assembly on congressional redistricting.

“It is important that rural South Western Colorado has a strong voice in the redistricting process,” Coram said. “I am for keeping like-minded communities together and establishing fair district boundaries with the interests of the citizens placed above any single person’s political ambitions.”

Coram also points out that working through redistricting during the 2011 Regular Session could also save taxpayers the additional expense of calling a Special Session to resolve redistricting issues. According to legislative research, foregoing a 5 day redistricting special session during the summer of 2011 would save taxpayers $181,780.

“I am hopeful that we can make significant headway on the redistricting process and save taxpayers the expense of a budget-busting special session next summer,” Coram said. “It is refreshing to see both major political parties working together to achieve these goals on what has always been an extremely partisan process.”

The committee will be tasked with holding at least one public meeting in each congressional district in Colorado before it submits recommendations to the general Assembly. These meetings are intended to make the redistricting process open to the public and to give citizens the opportunity to express their opinions to members of the committee.

The Joint Select Committee on Redistricting in Colorado will officially be appointed at the onset of the 2011 Legislative Session.
(Posted 6:14a)